Doves are a symbol of peace, purity and fertility. They were once of practical use too: until science intervened, dove droppings were essential to the manufacture of fertiliser. So just how did they end up at the bottom of the urban symbolic order? Fahim Amir investigates.
Fahim Amir is a philosopher and cultural theorist and teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and at the University of Art and Industrial Design Linz, Austria.